A military map shown Tuesday by the Russian Defense Ministry during its daily briefing shows a significant retreat of Russian forces in the northern Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
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This map, compared to that of the day before, shows that the Russian forces have left a large number of localities, including Dudtchany, on the western bank of the Dnipro river, while the Ukrainian army is leading a counter-offensive in this region.
Furthermore, the map showing the Kharkiv region, in the north-east of the country, also shows that the Russians have left almost all of the eastern bank of the Oskil River, the last area of the region that they still controlled, the troops from Moscow having been defeated there too by a Ukrainian counter-offensive carried out for several weeks.
However, the Russian army has not announced a withdrawal, nor commented on this visible decline on the maps.
Already on September 11, the dissemination of images of military maps in the Russian army briefing had confirmed the extent of the Russian retreat in the Kharkiv region.
At this stage, the Ukrainian authorities have not given precise information on the operations in progress in the Kherson region.
The Ukrainian general staff limited itself to saying in a press release that in the south “the enemy is demoralized”.
“They abandon their positions and withdraw to a safe distance, destroy their ammunition stocks, try to destroy the bridges,” he wrote on Facebook.
A Ukrainian Deputy Minister of the Interior, Yevgeny Enin, told him of 50 localities liberated in the Kherson region without specifying since when and where, while the Ukrainian army has been gaining ground for several weeks.